Good morning! I know I have been MIA for awhile now and that's because I just got married! We went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon and now we're adjusting to married life! Still working on the hundreds of thank you's but I promise to post my newly-made cards VERY soon!
I am BEYOND excited that my order from Simon Says Stamp came today!! I decided to subscribe to their card kits of the month because I love all of them! What a great deal! The May kit seemed extra special because it is themed towards weddings, which mine is in less than two and a half months! Woohoo! So much to do but at least I can make wedding cards for my friends that are also getting married this summer when I need to de-stress from wedding planning. :)
I couldn't decide what to work with first! Everything that I ordered is absolutely gorgeous! I took a look at my calendar and decided to make my grandma a happy birthday card since her birthday is coming up. My grandpa LOVED to garden so I thought the spring stamp set with all of the different florals would be perfect for her! :)
I really like how it turned out, and honestly I had no plan going into it! I knew I really liked the pale blush pink ink with soft green ink, but I thought that a black sentiment would be too harsh. I played around a little bit and discovered charcoal grey was the perfect fit! I randomly stamped the florals and dots from the set and added a birthday sentiment I had in my stash.
The result? A soft and pretty birthday card that I know my grandma will love! I adhered a piece of light green textured card stock to a white card base. Then to add some dimension, I put foam squares onto the stamped piece to finish the card!
But! I love stamping envelopes so I decided to get a little wild and create a matching envelope! Sometimes I like stamping the envelopes just as much as I do making the card :)
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day! :)
Good morning! I FINALLY was able to have some free time to make a card! About time I am in my happy place craftin'! :) With the end of the school year and a ridiculous amount of wedding tasks checked off my to-do list, I decided to treat myself by making a card with my go-to favorite supplies. PS. I tried out vellum for the first time today and after four attempts, I ended up with a card that I absolutely love! What I would do to be able to fill my day with making cards and calling it my job! Ahh *sigh*!
I used Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks to create the background. Starting with a wet piece of watercolor paper, I dabbed these three colors in various ways onto the paper. Then after I heat set that, I "smushed" Worn Lipstick onto an acrylic block, misted with water, and applied to the watercolor piece. After that was dry, I again repeated that last step but used Squeezed Lemonade instead.
I decided it needed a little something extra so I flicked water droplets onto the piece. Distress Inks has a unique property in that it reacts with water; almost like a bleaching effect. I dabbed off the droplets with a piece of paper towel and moved onto the vellum piece. To be completely honest, this was the most time consuming part of my card. I couldn't end up with an embossed vellum sentiment that I liked. After several failed attempts, I was able to create this happy birthday to you sentiment with gold embossing powder. Love that shine!
Even though I was feeling discouraged about the whole vellum thing, that's the fun part with card making... you learn through your failures! Now I'm probably going to be adding vellum to all my cards for awhile! :)
And for some added cuteness.....
Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!
Good Morning! I wanted to share more information and pictures about two of my favorite projects I have made. They both involve using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in different ways. The first one involves an entire background wash of blending Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry together using an acrylic block and lots of misting with water!
I repeated the "smushing" of the Distress Ink background several times until I reached the look I was going for. Once it was completely dry, I heat embossed the "so thankful for you" sentiment in white embossing powder.
I love adding gems to cards to add a little sparkle! To go with the bright pink ink, I added hot pink gems as well as clear ones so it wasn't too overpowering. I just love how this turned out! :)
My second favorite project is similar to the first one, but I changed up the design and colors a little bit. This is a card I made for my oldest sister's birthday that is coming up. She LOVES purples and blues so I tried to come up with a design that incorporated both of these colors.
For this card, I started with Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper to use as my card front that I later attached to a white card base. I took a clean paintbrush and spread lots of water towards the bottom right corner of my card. I "smushed" three Distress Ink colors on an acrylic block in separate piles: Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, and Tumbled Glass and added a little bit of water to each of these piles.
I loaded up my paintbrush with Dusty Concord, and began to add color to my watercolor paper. Then, I switched over to Milled Lavender and added Tumbled Glass to achieve this look. It took some playing around for a little bit but it was a lot of fun! Once the card front was dry, I added the "Happy Birthday To You" sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and adhered a few clear gems to the front.
Both of these cards were so much fun to make! Love adding some homemade kindness to my friends and family! :)
Today after subbing, I decided I wanted to experiment with my Distress Inks.
Uhh...no, I'm not obsessed or anything. ;) Seriously, if you haven't used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, you need to! They can help you create amazing backgrounds, extra details to your designs, and are SO much fun!
I thought it would be kinda cool to use an embossing folder AND Distress Inks together. My first thought was, "oh man, I am going to have a blended mess," but I was super pleased with the end result! Wouldn't this make a cool card background?! I used Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, and Worn Lipstick in the bottom design.
For my next card, I put Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry in horizontal lines onto a large acrylic block. Then I misted it with a spray bottle and smushed it onto watercolor paper. To speed up the drying time, I hit it with my heat gun. Then I smushed the acrylic block with the leftover ink onto my watercolor piece again.
Below is after these steps:
Pretty cool huh? You could seriously use so many color options for this technique!! To finish off the card, I heat embossed a "so thankful for you" sentiment in white embossing powder, and added some sparkle with hot pink and clear gems. Finally, I adhered it to a white card base with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.
I just LOVE how this card turned out! :)